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BRAIN-COMPATIBLE LEARNING

Few areas are as fertile for teachers as brain research-based writings. Only in recent years, since the development of new imaging techniques in medicine, have we had a substantial basis for learning theory. Brain research-based learning theory gives support to problem-based learning, alternative assessment, education reform and habits of mind--to mention four other IN-SITE areas. Our understanding of the brain gives positive hope for all students, substantiates broad as well as specific aims, and gives reasons to forge connections between and among prior and new learnings. Much of what goes on in schools and, especially, in state mandated testing, not only fails to be brain-compatible, but is actually brain antagonistic. The brain functions best with adequate time, the absence of threat, immediate feedback, dynamic interaction, with global contexts as well as delineation of parts, and in a state of relaxed alertness. The following links will elaborate.

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  1. BRAIN CONNECTION

  2. The Brain - Insightful applications of recent research

  3. MIND/BRAIN LEARNING PRINCIPLES 12 deep, rich insights!

  4. News from the Neurosciences -- Great articles!

  5. Susan Kovalik & Associates - Brain-compatible Integrated Thematic Instuction (ITI) information and resources

  6. ERIC Abstracts on BRAIN-BASED LEARNING

  7. HUMAN BRAIN: An Owner's ManualL

  8. The BrainCompatible Teaching and Learning Equation

  9. SURPRISING TRUTHS: IMPLICATIONS OF BRAIN RESEARCH

  10. All Our Students Thinking -- Any subject—be it physics, art, or auto repair—can promote critical thinking as long as teachers teach in intellectually challenging ways.

  11. Disciplining the Mind -- Disciplinary thinking lets students in on how experts, scholars, and artists interpret the world.

  12. Cover the Material—Or Teach Students to Think? -- To move beyond rote memorization and use a full range of thinking skills, students need to tackle issues straight out of the complex world in which they live.

  13. Thinking Is Literacy, Literacy Thinking -- In literacy cycles built around Paideia seminars, students practice thinking as a function of reading, speaking, listening, and writing.

  14. Clash! The World of Debate -- Combine one part student, one part game, and one part controversy. What do you get? Student debate.

  15. LEARNING: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED

  16. Whole Brain Teaching

  17. Brain Research and Effective Teaching

  18. BRAIN BOOKS AND RESOURCES

  19. Understanding Why Education Must Change

  20. Engaging 'Tweens and Teens: A Brain-Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle and High School Students

  21. IN-SITES INTO EDUCATIONAL REFORM

  22. INSITES FOR DEVELOPING HABITS OF MIND

  23. TOWARD AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT

  24. IN-SITES FOR PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING

  25. The Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum

  26. Arts in Education

  27. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

  28. The FIDALGO SCHOOL: a success story

  29. MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES

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